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FCW Sunshine: Brodus Clay (Tyrus)

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Hello everyone, this is Vaude Influence and I have returned to Wrestlecorp!

That means, it’s the return of FCW Sunshine!

Anyway, let’s get on with it.


Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a suplex machine.

Wrestler: “The Super Sexy Suplex Machine”, “The Mastodon of Mayhem” Brodus Clay (G-Rilla/Tyrus).

Background Information: Brodus Clay is from Pasadena, California. Prior to becoming a professional wrestler, he worked as a bodyguard for Snoop Dogg.

After signing a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), he was assigned to Deep South Wrestling (DSW), a WWE developmental territory.

He debuted in September 2006, and began using the ring name G-Rilla along with adopting the gimmick of a gangsta thug. In his first match for the promotion, he defeated Big Bully Douglas in a dark match on September 7, 2006.

The following month, he became the enforcer for Urban Assault, a tag team composed of Eric Pérez and Sonny Siaki. On December 14, 2006, Urban Assault was joined by Afa Jr., and the following week, Perez, Siaki, and Afa Jr. attacked him, throwing him out of the group.

The same month, he wrestled in two dark matches against Scotty 2 Hotty at SmackDown! house shows while using his real name, winning the first but losing the second.

In early January 2007, he feuded with Urban Assault, attacking the members during matches. He then formed a tag team with the Freakin’ Deacon, with the pair defeating Urban Assault in their first match together. They went on to defeat teams including Frankie Coverdale and Bob Hoskins, the Samoan Fight Club of Siaki and Afa Jr., Shawn Osborne and Jon Bolen, and Robert Anthony and Johnny Curtis. In March, they faced and defeated the DSW Tag Team Champions, Team Elite (Mike Knox and Derrick Neikirk) in two successive non-title matches.

In June 2007, he was moved to the Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) developmental territory.

He made his debut at FCW’s inaugural show on June 26, 2007, using the name G-Rilla and defeating Shawn Osborne. Three months later, on September 15, 2007, he won a battle royal to become the number one contender to the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship by last eliminating Teddy Hart. He challenged Harry Smith for the championship on September 25, 2007, but lost via disqualification which meant that Smith retained the championship.

The following month, he continued to feud with Smith and Hart, who had formed The Hart Dynasty with TJ Wilson and Ted DiBiase, Jr., allying himself with Osborne, Jake Hager and Afa, Jr. He briefly formed a tag team with Robert Anthony in December 2007, but on February 4, 2008, he was released from his contract with WWE.

In January 2010, he re-signed with WWE and was assigned to FCW. In March 2010, he once again uses the name G-Rilla and formed an alliance with The Uso Brothers, Tamina, and Donny Marlow. He went on to defeat both Jacob Novak and Rudy Parker, before changing his ring name to Brodus Clay, a play on Snoop Dogg’s real name (Calvin Cordozar Broadus), in May 2010.

On June 16, 2010, he and Marlow challenged Los Aviadores (Hunico and Epico) for the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship, but were unsuccessful. That same month, he and Marlow began referring to themselves as The Colossal Connection.

In October 2010, he appeared at a WWE house show, where he lost to JTG. He competed with FCW until he was called up to the main roster.

During the finale of season three of NXT, it was announced that he would be part of the fourth season, with Ted DiBiase and Maryse, as his mentors.

He made his in-ring debut on NXT on December 14, 2010, teaming with DiBiase to defeat Byron Saxton and his mentor Chris Masters. He suffered his first loss the following week, when he, DiBiase, and Maryse were defeated by Saxton, Masters, and Natalya in a six-person mixed tag team match.

On March 7, 2011, on an episode of Raw, he debuted as Del Rio’s new bodyguard and replaced him in his match against Christian in a losing effort. As Del Rio was feuding with Edge and Christian, he faced off with single matches against them and also teamed with Del Rio to face Edge and Christian. He accompanied Del Rio to the ring at WrestleMania XXVII.

On April 25, 2011, on an episode of Raw, Del Rio was drafted to Raw, while he remained on SmackDown. His final appearance with Del Rio occurred on May 1, 2011, at Extreme Rules, when he interfered on Del Rio’s behalf as Del Rio faced Christian in a ladder match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship.

After a three-month absence due to the filming of No One Lives, he reappeared on August 4, 2011, on an episode of Superstars, where he defeated Pat Silva. During the next few weeks, he would continue to squash various jobbers on Superstars.

After nine consecutive squash victories on Superstars, WWE ran vignettes promoting his return to television on the November 7, 2011 episode of Raw. However, his television return was continuously delayed by authority figure John Laurinaitis to be “next week”, with this trend continuing all the way into January 2012.

He made his television return on January 9, 2012, on an episode of Raw with a fun-loving, funk dancing gimmick, with the nickname “The Funkasaurus”. Now accompanied by the “Funkadactyls” Naomi and Cameron and announced as hailing from “Planet Funk”, he incorporated gyrations and dance moves into his various squash wins on both Raw and SmackDown.

In November 2013, he started a storyline where he became angry and jealous of the debuting Xavier Woods. He thus began to exhibit more villainous tendencies, such as repeatedly picking-on and attacking Woods, after he had defeated Woods in a match.

On January 1, 2014, on an edition of Main Event, he debuted a new look and theme song. Soon after, he began appearing regularly on NXT in singles matches in the summer. He faced Xavier Woods many times, and began a short-lived rivalry with then NXT champion Adrian Neville. He challenged Neville for the title, but was unsuccessful in doing so.

Throughout his WWE career, he became a Slammy Award Winner. He was soon after released from WWE on June 12, 2014.

On July 20, 2014, he defeated Tommy Suede to win Pennsylvania Premiere Wrestling’s PPW Heavyweight Championship, his first pro wrestling title, which he lost at the next event. On August 26, 2014, he attended VPW, Varsity Pro Wrestling, The UK’s No.1 Sports Entertainment Company’s event in Portsmouth at the Guildhall where he wrestled under the ring name Monster B.C.

On September 16, 2014, he debuted for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) under the ring name Tyrus at TNA’s television tapings, aligning himself with Ethan Carter III. Moments after EC3 introduced him, he had his first wrestling match on October 15, 2012, on an episode of Impact against Shark Boy, which he won.

Throughout his TNA career, he won the 2015 Bound for Gold Gauntlet match. He still competes in TNA to this day being part of the Matt Hardy Brand stable that consists of Matt Hardy, Rockstar Spud, and Reby Sky.


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With him being a former bodyguard of Snoop Dogg and with a serious gimmick, this is a man you don’t want to mess with. Gee!

My Thoughts: Brodus Clay is an interesting individual. Even though he’s not the greatest wrestler in the world, he makes it up for his look, his presence in and outside of the ring, his good character, good charisma, and he’s pretty agile for his size. Gee!

Video: This video contains a match between with Brodus Clay and Lucky Cannon on October 17, 2010.

My Thoughts: This was a solid match between Brodus Clay and Lucky Cannon. Even though Brodus Clay isn’t the most talented big man wrestler ever, he is pretty agile for his size which was seen here in this match.

Brodus Clay’s offense in this match was pretty solid as he was working down Lucky Cannon throughout the whole match. Love the exploder suplex that he does. It really fits his suplex machine nickname. Solid match that made Brodus Clay look strong.

With a man his size, I thought WWE would do something for big and in a way they did, but they made him into something that kind of damaged his wrestling career.

Initially, he was supposed to debut in the main roster as this big monster heel that dominates everybody, but instead of that, he became a dancing dinosaur which really hurt his credibility and hasn’t recovered for the rest of his WWE career because of that.

Once WWE did make him as a monster heel, it was already too late and people lost interest in him because he was stuck with “The Funkasaurus” character for so long.

He’s only now regaining his credibility back in TNA as Tyrus, but it will take a while for people to take him seriously again. Even though he’s not the best big man talent in the world, he is talented in his own right. I wish him nothing, but the best. Gee!


After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestler himself. Thank you.

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